The San Francisco Giants lost 8-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night, but the loss might prove to be costly as second baseman Marco Scutaro may have suffered tendon damage to his left pinkie after being hit.
Pirates starter Gerrit Cole made his Major League debut and allowed just two singles in the top of the first before escaping the inning. Tim Lincecum yielded a leadoff walk to left fielder Starling Marte and during right fielder Travis Snider's at-bat, Marte stole second. Snider struck out and center fielder Andrew McCutchen grounded out to third, but for some reason Marte decided to run to third base and Joaquin Arias applied the tag. First baseman Garrett Jones flied out ending the inning and Lincecum threw 17 pitches in the first.
The Giants had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the second for Scutaro, but he flied out. Lincecum surrendered three straight singles leading off the bottom of the second as the Pirates loaded the bases for shortstop Clint Barmes. Barmes popped out and Cole came to the plate looking to help his own cause. Facing a 3-2 count, Cole recorded his first big league hit with a two-run RBI single. Lincecum rebounded by getting the next two batters and limiting the damage to just two runs.
Cole continued to stifle the Giants the next few innings and the Pirates took a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Lincecum walked McCutchen, who scored on a Jones single after Hunter Pence made a fielding error. Jones advanced to third and after catcher Russell Martin struck out, third baseman Pedro Alvarez singled Jones home as the Pirates extended their lead to 4-0. Lincecum's night was over and Jose Mijares replaced him, getting the next batter to end the inning.
The Pirates added another run in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Marte to increase the lead to 5-0. The Giants finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh as pinch-hitter Tony Abreu doubled home Andres Torres, who singled to begin the inning. Pinch-hitter Brett Pill scored Arias, who reached base on a fielder's choice, cutting the Pirates lead to 5-2. Scutaro came to the plate and was drilled in his left hand by a 94-mph fastball by Pirates pitcher Tony Watson. Scutaro was in obvious pain and left the game.
The Pirates scored three more runs in the bottom of the seventh that was highlighted by a two-run homer by Alvarez. The Pirates had a comfortable 8-2 cushion. Giants pitcher George Kontos and manager Bruce Bochy were both ejected in the bottom of the eighth as Kontos retaliated by hitting McCutchen.
The Pirates won the series opener 8-2 and the Giants will await word on Scutaro, who took X-rays on his left pinkie after the game. The X-rays came back negative, but Scutaro might have tendon damage and will see a hand specialist on Wednesday.
Lincecum took the lost (4-6) going 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, two earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts, throwing 102 pitches. Torres and Arias each led the Giants with two hits on the night.
The 33-30 Giants will look to even the series Wednesday night as a pair of lefties take the hill. Barry Zito (4-4) faces off against Francisco Liriano (4-2). First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm.
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